How to Make Cupcake Ornaments

Happy Friday!

Looking for a crafty project to do this rainy weekend? As promised, here is a fun tutorial so you can make your own cute cupcake ornaments at home. Fill your Christmas tree or give as gifts. Every girl loves cupcakes! Best of all, these cupcakes have 0 calories! ;) Sweet!

This is what you will need:

* 2.5 in.  diameter styrofoam balls

* cupcake liners in your choice of colour

* beige pipe cleaners

* felt in your choice of colour to represent icing (white and one other colour)

* glitter and glitter glue

* hot glue gun, glue sticks and white glue

* yarn for hanger in your choice of colour (approx. 16 in. per cupcake)

* red decorative balls (approx. 1/2 – 3/4 in. diameter)

* a darning needle

* dental floss

* scissors / an exacto knife is optional

* bamboo skewer (for piercing through styrofoam ball)

(Most of these supplies I got from the dollar store, except the cupcake liners and small decorative balls.)


These faux cupcakes are easy to make. Under each photo is a more detailed description, so don’t worry if you don’t see everything right away. It will be explained.

Step One:

Starting a little lower than mid-point, pierce the styrofoam ball with one end of the pipe cleaner. Wrap the pipe cleaner towards the top of the ball. Poke the ends into the ball to secure. Repeat with two more pipe cleaners starting where the last one left off. Only the middle portion of the ball is covered, the top will be covered with felt and the bottom with the cupcake liner.

(Tip: Use the cupcake liner to keep your ball from rolling around the table. It is glued in the last step.)

Step Two:

To represent the cupcake icing…Cut out a “blob” shape from the pink felt. Cut out a slightly larger “blob” shape from the white felt. Using a hot glue gun, glue the white felt to the styrofoam ball, covering the “bald” spot. ;) Then glue the pink felt onto the white. I like to slightly skew the felt pieces.

Step Four:

Dab white glue on top of the pink felt and sprinkle with glitter. Fun!

Step Five:

Cut a small opening in the felt at the very top centre. I found it easiest to stab through one blade of a pair of sharp scissors, but you could just snip it or cut through with an exacto knife. Now going through that hole, pierce the styrofoam ball all the way through with a bamboo skewer. Remove the skewer.  This is to “pre-drill” the ball, making it easier to get the yarn through in the next step.

Step Six:

Thread the darning needle with dental floss and tie making a closed loop. Now thread the yarn through the floss loop. (see image above) Starting from the bottom of the ball, push the needle through the hole you made with the skewer. I used the bamboo skewer again to help push the needle up through the hole. Thread on the decorative ball. Pull enough of the yarn through that it forms a loop at the top. Cut off the dental floss. Tie a knot in the yarn close to the small ball to keep the yarn from sliding back out. There should be some yarn hanging out of the bottom of the styrofoam ball. Tie the ends off to hold in place.

Step Seven:

Hot glue the cupcake liner to the bottom of the styrofoam ball. I just put a dab on the flat part of the liner and squish the ball onto it.

Add dots of glitter glue on the felt for more sparkle. (optional)

Step Eight:

Have fun and make some more! I had an assembly line going.


If you have any questions, just ask in the comments or shoot me an email.

Have a great weekend!

Luv Meesh xo



7 Responses to How to Make Cupcake Ornaments

  1. Great Tutorial Meesh, these could be really cute for a girls birthday party! And I agree the best part, they are without guilt! Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. These are darling – I’m saving the idea to do with my 9 year old granddaughters – they will love doing this to decorate the tree they put up in their room! Thanks.

  3. Meesh, this is so awesome. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. My daughter is having some friends over for a sleepover tomorrow night as an early Christmas party and this is a perfect craft for them. They are going to be so excited!!! I might have to make an extra 50 or 100 for our own tree:)

  4. Cute, cute, CUTE! And what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing, Meesh :-)

  5. Tracey Ayton Photography

    Okay …… these are so amazing!!! Thanks for the tutorial, I was seriously stumped with how you did these. Rosa and I are heading down on Sunday to see your tree.

  6. Well now I know how you did it. Thanks! Your tree is so flipping cute….it so stands out as well! These are so cute.

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